Archive For The “States’ Rights & Nullification” Category

Missouri House Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 1, 2018) – Today, the Missouri House passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. Rep. James Neely (R-Cameron) introduced House Bill 1554 (HB1554) in January. The legislation would expand the state’s “Right to try…

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California Committee Passes Bill to Help Expand Hemp Market, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 30, 2018) –  Last Tuesday, a second California Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect. Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita),…

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California Committee Passes Bill Taking on Federal Militarization of Local Police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 26, 2018) – On Tuesday, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police. Asm. Todd…

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To the Governor: Alaska Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 26, 2018) – Yesterday, the Alaska Senate unanimously gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) introduce House Bill 43 (HB43) last year and…

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Tennessee Legislature Rejects Strict Restrictions on Asset Forfeiture, Keeps Federal Loophole Wide Open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 25, 2018) – Last Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that modestly reforms the state’s asset forfeiture laws, but leaves a loophole in place allowing police to circumvent stricter state laws by passing cases off to the feds. Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) introduced House Bill 2021 (HB2021) in January….

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Illinois Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp Despite Federal Prohibition

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 25, 2018) – Yesterday, an Illinois Senate unanimously passed a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in the state and take a first step toward nullifying federal prohibition of the plant in effect. Sen. Tori Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) introduced Senate Bill 2298 (SB2298) in January. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp in…

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Signed as Law: Nebraska Right to Try Act Rejects Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 24, 2018) – Last Thursday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law setting the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bob Hilkemann (R-Omaha) introduced Legislature Bill 117 (LB117) last year and it carried over…

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Rhode Island Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Would Effectively Shut Federal Loophole

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 24, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…

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California Committee Approves Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 23, 2018) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

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South Carolina Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Marijuana; Set Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 20, 2018) – Yesterday, a South Carolina House committee passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. A bipartisan coalition introduced House Bill 3521 (H3521) last year and it carried over to the 2018 session. The legislation…

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California Committee Passes Bill Taking on Federal Militarization of Local Police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 20, 2018) – On Wednesday, a California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police. Asm. Todd Gloria…

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To the Governor: Nebraska Passes Right to Try Act Rejecting Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 19, 2018) – On Wednesday, the Nebraska legislature gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bob Hilkemann (R-Omaha) introduced Legislature Bill 117 (LB117) last year and…

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Louisiana House Passes Bill to Make Medical Marijuana Legalization Permanent

BATON ROUGE, La. (Apr. 19, 2018) – Yesterday, the Louisiana House passed a bill that would make the state’s medical marijuana program permanent. Final passage into law would take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect. Rep. Tanner Magee (R-Houma) introduced House Bill 823 (HB823) on April 3. Under current law, the…

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Louisiana House Passes Bill to Make Medical Marijuana Legalization Permanent

BATON ROUGE, La. (Apr. 19, 2018) – Yesterday, the Louisiana House passed a bill that would make the state’s medical marijuana program permanent. Final passage into law would take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect. Rep. Tanner Magee (R-Houma) introduced House Bill 823 (HB823) on April 3. Under current law, the…

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Michigan Bills Would Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture; Federal Loophole Remains

LANSING, Mich. (Apr. 18, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Michigan House would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most cases.  Rep. Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township) introduced House Bill 5779 (HB5779) on Apr. 11. The legislation would reform Michigan law by requiring a criminal…

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Signed by the Governor: Alaska Law Legalizes Industrial Hemp Despite Federal Prohibition

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 18, 2018) – Last Friday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill into law legalizing industrial hemp and creating a licensing program for its cultivation in the state. The new law takes another step toward nullifying federal prohibition on the plant in practice. Sen. Shelly Hughes (R) filed Senate Bill 6 (SB6)…

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Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (April 17, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts committee passed a bill that would limit access to, and retention and sharing of, data collected by automatic license plate readers. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions…

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Missouri House Committee Passes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Apr. 13, 2018) – On Monday, a Missouri House committee passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. Rep. James Neely (R-Cameron) introduced House Bill 1554 (HB1554) in January. The legislation would expand the state’s “Right to try Law”…

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Illinois Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 13, 2018) – Yesterday, an Illinois Senate committee passed a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in the state and take a first step toward nullifying federal prohibition of the plant in effect. Sen. Tori Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) introduced Senate Bill 2298 (SB2298) in January. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp in…

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Signed into Law: Iowa Bans Immigration “Sanctuary City” Policies

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 12, 2018) – On Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law in effect prohibiting so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws. Senate Local Government Committee introduced Senate Bill 481 (SF481) on March 7. Under the new law, “a local entity shall not adopt or…

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